How to write a thank you note

Everyone loves getting something in the mail. Whether the mail be your mailbox at home, at work or even something left on your desk. A thank you card is the perfect opportunity to send somebody something in the mail and is an appropriate way to show your appreciation...

When do you have permission to be honest?

You’ve heard the saying “Honesty is the best policy,” before and there’s not much worse than being lied to but why is it that being honest is so hard? The problem is it may not be your job to be honest. I’ll explain. The other day a colleague of mine was lamenting the...

Stop being so generous with your money

During high school I worked for a mobile car wash company. Three of us would arrive at a car dealership and while the boss sprayed down the cars with a power washer, the two of us would follow three or four vehicles behind him with a chamois drying them off. It wasn’t...

Thanks for the assignment, now let me do it

Have you ever been given a task by a friend, family member or work colleague that seemed pretty straight forward until you actually started to do it? Simon worked in an office for a multinational and whenever a visiting director or vice president would take a tour,...

She doesn’t want your help

The other day my wife was sitting in the living room in a chair while my eight year old son was on the sofa. She looked deep in thought with what I interpreted to be a touch of her concern on her face so I said to her “Hey hon, is everything okay?” she looked up and...

Be a resource for your reports and watch productivity skyrocket

Your job as a manager is to get results through other people. So why is it more managers don’t spend time trying to find out how they can help their direct reports? When a project is introduced to a team it behoves the project lead to be proactive with reaching out to...

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